June 1, 2011
Larger than 'A History of Old Oak Furniture' by the Same Author
The author relies, not on other books about furniture, but on his own experience as a collector, that of his friends, and his digging through many non-furniture books for tales, as for the chapter on forgeries or that on concealed compartments or on what happened to make the furniture so rare. As a result, it is a very personable book, written "I to you" rather than in the royal authorial "we" or without reference to the author, as if the book had congealed itself.
So while largely based on extent examples of 1905, he does have a reference back in descriptions of antiquaries and memoirists, if not many furniture books.